New Queen or Old Queen?
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  1. #1
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    Default New Queen or Old Queen?

    Captured a swarm end of May. Queen was laying wall to wall eggs. Late June I saw supercedure cells. I left so nature would take its course. Yesterday I saw a queen walking around but nobody paying any attention to her.

    Didnít see any eggs or brood at all. She was nice and fat so I assume she has mated at some point.

    The question is would this be the old queen that has petered out completely or a newly mated queen who hasnít started laying? If new why are the bees ignoring her?

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: New Queen or Old Queen?

    She may be a virgin. It can take up to three weeks for a queen to get mated and laying after she emerges. Usually it averages out to about two weeks.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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